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Pilots, Ship

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Command ships to steer them into and out of harbors, estuaries, straits, or sounds, or on rivers, lakes, or bays. Must be licensed by U.S. Coast Guard with limitations indicating class and tonnage of vessels for which license is valid and route and waters that may be piloted.


  • Some merchant mariners spend extended periods at sea; others operate boats close to port and go home at night.
  • Entry, training, and educational requirements for many water transportation occupations are established and regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Excellent job opportunities are expected, especially for marine officers.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $63,920/yr ($31.96/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma